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Meerkat
(Suricata suricatta)
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Taxonomy
 
Location
 
 
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Suricata
Species: suricatta
IUCN Status:
Lower Risk
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Located

    The meerkat is located in the harsh land of the Kalahari
    in Southern Africa.    

Diet

    Meerkats eat mostly insects, but will also feed on
    lizards, small rodents and scorpions, whose venom they
    are immune to.  While a meerkat mob (a large group of
    meerkats) is searching and eating food, one or more
    meerkat will stand guard on its hind legs to watch for
    predators.

Habitat

    Meerkats live in complex underground tunnel systems
    that they have either dug or inhabited from a previous
    animal.  Meerkats use these networks for protection
    against predators and will defend the burrows against
    other meerkat mobs.

Size

    Approximate weight of a meerkat:
    Average weight is 1.5 - 1.6 lbs.
    Approximate size of a meerkat:
    Average length is 10 - 14 inches not including the tail.  
    The tail is 9 - 10 inches long.

Reproduction

    The pregnancy period lays of the meerkat is about 11
    weeks.  The litter size varies but usually is between 2 - 6
    pups.